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4.0 out of 5 stars
The Island is the character, 24 Jan 2012
You have to be in the right mood to watch the film. It's long, languid and, yes, in places bleak but the characters are being specifically shaped by being on the Island and in winter at that. The acting is rather good IMHO. It could have been over-the-top but was instead correctly understated and the film gave the characters time to get to know each other in a slow dance. I believed in the relationship of Calum and Nikki, and for all the idiosyncrasies, it a strong bond. Both characters are ripe for seeing the Island as a fantastical place filled with stories. It's their common bond; the only thing that keeps them remotely sane after intensely painful childhoods. The lighting (subtle shades of green) and the cinematography was spot-on. Some may find it turgid and dull. I thought it was well worth the time absorbing the atmosphere.